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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,044
Reviews: 2,267
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 152
Gots: 508 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of csiewert


3.95/5  rDev 0%

Strong hoppy notes balanced by a smooth malty flavor make this a very drinkable beer. Pours a solid amber color with a soft foamy head. Finishes a little harsh for my liking and lingers with you for a while. This is definitely Rouge Brewery's flagship beer... for something a little more exciting and unique, try one of their other 22oz specialty beers.

12-09-2010 16:01:43 | More by csiewert
Photo of wmtxbb


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Lacing on top of a cloudy gold brew.

Smell: Honey and malt.

Taste: Tastes like honey with a little bitterness. Very smooth and sweet, but not overwhelming. Nice malty finish.

Drinkability: Easy on the taste buds and a little complex. Makes a great fall beer.

12-09-2010 03:57:26 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of ztaylor1


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearancec dark, murky brown/orange color with a small offwhite head. Very appetizing.

Smell- delicious bread with a hop bite. Light malts.

Taste- sweet malts with a very bready sweetness. Bitter hops in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability- smooth and sweet. But just a bit too sweet for me.

12-08-2010 20:18:38 | More by ztaylor1
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an amber hue with a small one finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Slightly cloudy in appearance.

S: Faint floral hop aroma, big bready malt presence, slight aroma of canned vegetable, not really true to the maibock style...

T: Follows the nose, a little better in the balance of the flavors and the hops really come through in the finish to help clean things up. Overall lots of bready malt and a nice balance of hop but nothing really standout.

M: Clean carbonation, light medium body, slightly dry finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, the big presence of bready malt seems to get a little heavy by the end of the glass but overall it is solid. A good beer, but overpriced and way overhyped.

12-08-2010 00:36:29 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of bishopgary


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

It is had to add something new in a review of a brew that has been reviewed as much as this. I will try to add something new here. I have been drinking this particular brew for a while, and last night it hit me why I enjoy it so much.
A: Crystal clear copper, nice carbonation. Fairly dense white head with some staying power.
S: Really great malt aroma, with a hint of sweetness. I seem to notice a faint amount of caramel.
T: To be this beer is like a chameleon. In one taste it is very much like a pale ale, light malt, spice, and sweetness. But then on another sip, it has flavor qualities of a darker, deeper beer. Toasted malt rises to the top of a more complex flavor profile.
M: Very nice, extremely well balanced.
D: Great. As mentioned above, this brew ability to be many things at once makes this very drinkable year round.

12-06-2010 20:04:04 | More by bishopgary
Photo of zagduck


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Easily one of my favorite year round beers.

Appearance: coppery color with a foamy white head

Smell: Toasted Malts, a little hoppy

Taste: explosion of flavor. thats the best way i can put it. toasted caramelly malts up front with maybe a little bit of a hint of citrus. finishes very hoppy but has a light sweetness. absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: perfect balance of richness and smoothness.

Drinkability: goes down great. I could pretty easily polish of a 6 pack of these in a night

12-06-2010 18:28:33 | More by zagduck
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

picked up the bomber of this on thursday couldn't wait to crack her open. poured from the bomber into a clean mug.
appearance a cloudy orange color with light head
smell a nice rich maltyness
taste a bit of sweetness in the malts
mouthfeel light carbonation

12-05-2010 02:24:35 | More by Dodt
Photo of xnicknj


3.03/5  rDev -23.3%

on tap at new wave cafe in philly

Pours a clear copper orange with a thin head, fading to some light film and a little spotty lacing around the glass.

Lighter hops in the nose with some lemongrass and buttered biscuit.

Toasted grain and biscuit right up front with a nice flair of grassy hops. Smooth caramel malt backbone with toasted feel in the middle. Notable butteriness and hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, and some dry feel. Drinks pretty well, but a fairly forgettable beer to be honest.

11-29-2010 05:17:36 | More by xnicknj
Photo of arboristfish


4/5  rDev +1.3%

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a thick white head. The smell is of caramel or a sweet munich malt. The hop aroma and flavor is spicy, with hints of being noble. The mouthfeel of this beer is light, and I would consider this drinkable and well balanced.

11-28-2010 17:53:03 | More by arboristfish
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

i can say i appreicate not nose of this one gladly not having any excessive corn cereal to it. looks like a flatter pale. feels like one too with the distinct lace of syrup that gives it a bit of warmth and sweetness moreso than just a pale. can feel the higher abv in the slight bitter heat. its above average in taste but still doesn't have a distinct bitter munich rich straw that i would like to feel. very mine pine and sarsaparilla bitter with a tad of protein. not bad. had better americans though.

11-27-2010 22:51:43 | More by rtepiak
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +19%

As soon as I opened the bottle the beer shot right over the top. It poured with a decent amount of off white foamy head. A redish orange body that's really cloudy. It looks freakin' awesome! Creamy lacing from top to bottom of glass.

A sweet bitter smell of hops and some malts. A hint of barley.

Very smooth and crisp, a slight carbonation hitting the tongue but not too much. Body doesn't feel heavy at all. Leaves the lips a little sticky and the mouth feeling dry but isn't.

The taste is awesome! Bitterness from the hops and some sweet caremel malty characteristics. I'm thinking some citrus hops, maybe grapes, pineapples and oranges. A slight taste of grass and pine. Everything is perfectly balanced with a unique and interesting taste.

I could drink this all night. Smooth, crisp, light in the body. Feels nice going down. I wish I got more than one bottle of this! This is everything I would want an ale to taste and feel like. Very close to being perfect.

11-27-2010 05:45:13 | More by 9InchNails
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2.03/5  rDev -48.6%

I bought this one about 3 years ago. It is brewed not too far from where I live. I don't understand why it's always $8.50-$9 when all our other local beers are usually $6 give or take. Rogue has this and their "Santa" beer, not sure what that's called and some bombers on the local shelves like Safeway or Fred Meyer. (I've never tried any of those). I did not like the flavor of this beer and for being the most expensive of the shelf at Wal Mart (ha ha ha) it really wasn't that good. It seemed like a chore to get it down. If they lowered the price ever I'd try it again.

One time I was watching the news and they said they were going to start shipping this stuff to Japan to crack the market there. I don't know if that means they're tring to be really high class or what. I think if you're local then try to have a regular price like $6 or so everyone can afford.

Deschutes if the best local beer available in all the supermarkets.

11-26-2010 08:14:14 | More by ELN
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Finally got around to trying this
A - cloudy red/orange with a tall off white head that retained very well leaving random lacing up the glass
S - hoppy with herbs and spices with a hint of citrus and fruity sweetness
T - hops of oily herbal and light spiciness, just a tad of lemon zest, balanced with toasty malt and honey sweetness
M - medium body and carbonation, starts smooth and bready with and oily and bitter finish
D - a nice hop character with a great malt backbone, and the sweetness brings it all together, very tasty and sessionable

11-26-2010 03:58:54 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

I had the 650ml, 6.5% bottle. The appearance was good, a nice amber color. The smell wasn't all it should be, but average. The taste above average, in fact, very good, but no top shelf kind of beer taste. The mouthfeel was great, smooth with just the right hint of hops. And drinkability was exceptional. Went down great and no real lasting aftertaste but the hops, which I loved.

11-26-2010 01:52:48 | More by jssheets
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.7/5  rDev +19%

A - A hazy, cloudy Amber color. Not too much head.

S - Nothing exceptional jumps out to me. The Malts are more prevalent than the Hops in the aroma.

T - Very smooth. The Malts are up front, and nicely balanced by the hops on the back end. A mild sweetness that is perfect.

M - Smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D - Awesome. I could drink many of these and will definitely buy it again.

11-25-2010 01:21:47 | More by BeerDawgs
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice creamy off white head. Nose is malty caramel, yeast, floral hops. Taste is sweet malts, earthy floral hops, with some bready notes. Palate is full body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malts balanced very well with earthy bitter hops. A very nice smooth and flavorful brew.

11-24-2010 17:04:42 | More by Samp01
Photo of Phelps


3.23/5  rDev -18.2%

Looks: very hazy ruby-tinged amber. A one-finger head of grayish-tan foam becomes a filmy, spotted top layer surrounded by a hefty, foamy ring.

Smells: earthy, soil-like and strangely funky. Sweet and grainy, kind of like mini-wheats cereal.

Tastes: heavy on the cereal grains. A tangy sweetness, some bubblegum, wheat and earthy hops mix about before an almost sour and dry backbone. Odd.

Feels: fizzy. The carbonation is fairly low and the beer holds together well as it moves about the mouth. Medium-light body.

Drinks: fairly light and refreshing. Certainly this is Rogue's most popular beer, though I don't feel it's their best.

11-22-2010 23:44:09 | More by Phelps
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

On tap at BJ's (don't remember which one) in CA. Hazy, dark amber hue. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Hoppy, citrusy taste with hints of caramel. Full, tangy body. I would not guess it is a Maibock, it tastes more like American IPA to me.

11-19-2010 21:05:13 | More by mikeg67
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4.53/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours a Slightly hazy golden amber color. Head is just over an inch tall in my coke glass and has great retention. As is slowly recedes it leaves fun traces of lacing. Smells of sweet malts with slight hop smell. The taste really blew me away, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It is malty with just enough hop to back it up, the balance is perfect to me. The taste is clean and finishes well. You always want another drink. Anyways, the most prominent taste is a sweet malt followed by some earthy hops. Has a nice smooth medium body with average carbonation. Overall this is a wonderful beer, only downside is high ABV and high price which make it not so sessionable, not that I wouldn't like to try. This is becoming one of my favorite beers, it's well balanced, just the right body for spring and fall, awful pretty and delicious to boot.

11-18-2010 04:33:07 | More by gkunkle
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a hazy amber colour with a soapy bordering on frothy white head, that is not huge, but substantial.

Definitely not an overwhelming aroma, but still quite nice. I get lots of caramel and breadiness, as well as some earthy spiciness, and a little bit of light fruits (apple, pear, apricot).

In terms of taste I get lots of sweet breadiness, with some prominent but not over the top citric and piney hops. This is delicious actually. I also get a little bit of apricot, and some rich caramel and toffee notes.

Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent, it is relatively creamy and coats the mouth well, without being insufficiently dry.

This seems quite drinkable, although it may be a touch sweet.

11-18-2010 01:34:36 | More by QuestionableScum
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Hazy orange/amber with mild creamy head and good lacing.

S- Faint. Malty, sweet fruit, earthy, caramel. Notes of citrus and pine.

T- Smooth, bready, caramel tones and hints of pine and citrus.

M- Medium body, rich, effervescent, creamy with dry finish.

D- Rich and complex. Very drinkable.

11-17-2010 16:22:20 | More by JayS2629
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3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

I am enjoying a growler from whole foods in kahului wile on the beach in kihei. The overall impression is that it is a good beer, but not everyting for me. It could be because I have been having more hoppy ales of late.

I pretty much agree with the reviews posted here, but here goes anyway.

Appearance: amber color with carbonation resulting in pleasing pour.

Smell: malty with fruit overtones.

Taste: smooth, non rattling

Mouthfeel: rich.

Drinkability: good, but not great. May be a little too rich for its own good. It doesn't leave a yearning to have more.

11-17-2010 00:29:43 | More by abaer123
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured at BJs in Henderson, NV.
Orange/copper in appearance. Thin head but good lacing, considering.
Smells lightly earthy, malty.
Tastes malty, earthy, some pine hops. Reminds me of a lighter Arrogant Bastard. Dry finish. The ABV is noticeable. Overall pretty drinkable with many kinds of food pairings. Good mix of malt and hops. Not sure what a Maibock is supposed to be like but this is a good beer that can be enjoyed year around.

11-16-2010 22:18:41 | More by tbern007
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

OK, seriously, it's pretty good. But I don't know if I agree with its preceding rep. It has a take on ale similar to how Widmer Brothers Drifter is surprisingly fruity.

It reminded me of wine, but not for all of the bad reasons. I narrowed down that nomad thought to--grape taste. It had all of the accompanying beer pleasures: hops, carbonation, general sense of being awesome, etc.

11-11-2010 16:52:00 | More by beerdown77
Photo of mbusster88

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Rogue Dead Guy Pint!

A: Pours hazy burnt orange color. Some carbonation on the glass.

S: Fruity (orange, grapefruit, apricot) and some bready malt characters.

T: Grapefruit for sure in the front. Some hop bite. Nice bread notes to balance out. Get some zest flavors in the end as well.

M: Great palate cleansing feel. Smooth and easy to drink.

D: Could have these for a session. Also feel as though this would pair well with just about anything given the mood. Really would pick this up whenever I needed a go to beer.

11-08-2010 23:21:28 | More by mbusster88
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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